The clocks have sprung forward, the weather is starting to get warmer and spring has officially begun! We are so looking forward to the longer days and some normality returning in the next few months…
Now is the perfect time to be thinking about how you can adapt your skincare routine for the change in season. With that in mind, in this post, we share our 7 top spring skincare tips to help you keep your skin looking fresh, radiant and glowing.
1. Practice a Double Cleansing Routine
If there is one thing you should know about the team at ARK Skincare, it’s that we’re passionate about double cleansing.
If you didn’t cleanse your skin properly, your pores may become congested which could lead to unwanted skin concerns, meaning that cleansing thoroughly is one of the most important things you can do to keep your skin clear and healthy.
Cleansing thoroughly also helps to create a clean surface before applying your skincare products, helping them to absorb properly into your skin.
For your first cleanse, choose an oil based cleanser. Oil cleansers are very efficient ways of removing make-up, dirt and excess sebum from the skin. Cleansing oils also prevent congestion and shine without stripping away natural oils needed for healthy balanced skin.
Once you’ve removed make-up and grime from the surface, it’s time to clean deeper. For your second cleanse, opt for an age specific cleanser with high-quality ingredients. The second cleanse will help to ensure your skin is left thoroughly clean while the active-ingredients help to nourish your skin.
2. Wash your make up brushes
It’s time to be honest...When was the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes?
We know it may feel like a chore, but the truth is that keeping your brushes clean is extremely important for your skin’s health.
Overtime, make-up brushes accumulate bacteria, oil and dead skin cells. So, if you use your brushes over and over without cleaning them, you will increase the risk of spreading bacteria to your skin which can lead to skin concerns such as clogged pores, break-outs and dullness.
Get into the habit of cleaning your brushes regularly to reduce a buildup of bacteria. Experts suggest cleaning your tools once a week. Keeping brushes clean will also keep the bristles soft and be less irritating to the skin. It also reduces the risk of contaminating your make-up products.
3. Spring Clean Your Skincare
At this time of year many of us find it useful to have a spring clean and sort through our things - but have you tidied your skincare recently?
If you are someone with a collection of lots of different products, now may be a good time to sort through what you’re using and what you may need to get rid of. Especially during lockdown, time can often pass without us realising, so it may be time to check those expiry dates too!
You may also like to think about cleaning where you store your skincare products. We know how grubby make-up bags and draws can get...
4. Use a clean mask with every use and make sure to wash regularly
Ideally, each time we go out, we should be using a fresh face mask every time to reduce the spread of the virus, and also spreading bacteria to our skin.
Throughout the pandemic, many have opted for reusable masks. While there are many benefits to reusables, like being more environmentally friendly and choosing our own designs, it can also mean many of us become guilty of wearing the same mask over and over without cleaning it as regularly as we should be.
Wearing a mask is not very kind to our skin to start with. It covers our mouth and nose, trapping our breath and creates a warm, moist environment for bacteria to grow. So, not only can re-wearing your mask make it less effective, but can also risk spreading more bacteria to your skin.
To avoid spreading bacteria to your skin, have 3-4 reusable masks to hand so you can alternate while you wash your used ones.
5. Don't Forget to Exfoliate
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Triple Action Exfoliator
With the warmer weather on its way, it’s time to buff away winter skin and reveal a brighter and more luminous complexion.
Have you tried ARK Skincare’s Triple Action Exfoliator?
This clever formulation exfoliates the skin in three different ways with three different exfoliants: physical, fruit acid and enzymatic. The physical exfoliant is made from bamboo particles which gently slough through dead skin and grime from the surface, leaving skin with a smooth, polished texture.
Alpha Hydroxyl Acids from Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon increase the range of cell renewal, helping to diminish scars and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The Skin Regenerating Enzyme dissolves desmosomes (adhesive proteins that can cause dead cells to build up on your skin), to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.
Gently massage into the skin and follow the instructions depending on your age. Click here to learn more!
6. Don’t forget to apply (and reapply) your SPF!
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
The warmer weather is on its way and along with the sun comes stronger UV rays, meaning it’s important to layer up your SPF to keep your skin protected.
Time to reach for ARK Skincare’s Skin Protector SPF30 Primer. This award winning formula provides broad spectrum sun protection (from UVA and UVB rays) while Hyaluronic Acid Booster helps to smooth and hydrate skin. Apply alone as a daily moisturiser, on top of your age intelligent moisturiser for added sun protection, or as a primer before applying make-up.
Make sure to re-apply throughout the day for maximum protection.
7. Add a Layer of Hydration
Pictured: ARK Skincare's Hydrating Serum
During the winter months, skin has been hiding under our scarfs, jumpers and cosy loungewear, but now that the warmer weather is here, skin is exposed more to the surrounding environment and therefore, prone to dryness. Make sure to apply a nourishing moisturiser and body lotion to keep your skin soft and supple.
If you’re looking for an intense boost of hydration, try ARK Skincare’s Hydrating Serum. Cucumber extract hydrates and improves elasticity, whilst Laminaria Algae traps water molecules in the skin to prevent water loss. Perfect for those suffering from dry or rough skin. Simply apply 2-3 drops to cleansed skin, or mix into your daily moisturiser for an added layer of hydration.
We hope that you find these tips helpful in the transition into spring... Do you have any other skincare tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you! Tag us at @arkskincare.
To learn more about the products mentioned and the rest of the ARK Skincare range, head over to our website! www.arkskincare.com
March is here and Mothers Day is just around the corner.
Still looking for ideas? Don’t worry! We’re here to help. In this post we share some suggestions of how you can make this mothers day extra special.
We also feature some of the products from our carefully selected gift collection and some exciting special offers to help inspire you.
*We understand that not everyone may choose to celebrate mothers day. Although this post is mothers day themed, these ideas and gifts can be perfect for anybody, whether it be your mum, friends or family members.
1. Get Creative With a Homemade Gift
If you have some spare time on your hands (which many of us do at the moment...) and feel like giving something different a go, how about creating your own gift? There’s nothing better than receiving something homemade that someone has put thought and effort into. Perhaps you could have a go at baking her best loved treat, putting together a photo album of your favourite pictures or making your own mothers day card. (If you’re in need of some inspiration, there is lots of help on Pinterest and Instagram too!)
2. Organise a Special Lunch
We’re all still waiting patiently until we are able to dine out and enjoy lunch/dinner at our favourite restaurants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make this mothers day one to remember. Why not think about bringing a special meal to her instead? Maybe you could surprise her with her favourite meal or take-away - or if you wanted something a little bit different, perhaps you could arrange an afternoon tea. There are some brilliant small businesses who have started offering delivery services. There's nothing better than a cup of tea and a piece of cake...
3. Go On a Socially-Distanced Walk Together
If you live locally to one another, perhaps you could do a door-stop delivery to give your mum her gifts or even go for a socially distanced walk. There’s nothing better than being able to see one another and catch up in person with a take-away coffee... If you're lucky, hopefully the sunshine will be out too!
4. Invite Her On a Virtual Date
If you don't live close enough to be able to see your mum in person, now is the time to make the most of technology. Record a short video message or create a montage video with your favourite pictures to take her down memory lane.
Perhaps you could even arrange a zoom date where you could both do an activity together or watch a film you both enjoy. Despite not being face-to-face, there are still plenty of ways to spend your time together...
5. Make Your Own Post-Lockdown Coupons
If you’re not able to do the things you might usually do to celebrate mothers day, how about making some IOU coupons for activities you can do together post lockdown? Maybe you could take her for coffee or lunch, go on a day trip, plan a cinema date or do some of her favourite hobbies together. It will be something nice you can both put in your diaries to look forward to later on!
6. Have a Spa Day At Home
Show your mum some TLC by setting her up with her very own spa day at home. We have a selection of thoughtful gifts we think will be perfect to spoil her with...
If you aren't local to be able to deliver them yourself, simply enter her address at checkout and have them sent direct. There's nothing better than a surprise delivery!
Indulge in a luxury shower (or bath time) experience with our Body Beautiful Duo. Lather up with our popular, soap free Vitality Hand & Body Wash in the shower, or pour a small amount under the running tap to fill your bath with bubbles. Follow up with our Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion to leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
You can learn more about the hard-working active ingredients in these two products by reading our previous blog post here.
This luxurious body oil with a beautiful scent made from a blend of natural essential oils is like the equivalent to spa treatment in a bottle. Bisabolol, extracted from the Brazilian Tree, provides a natural remedy for sensitive or irritated skin, while Vitamin E helps protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental pollution. Gently massage the oil into your skin after showering to lock in moisture and help to keep your skin hydrated.
* Purchase a Conditioning Body Serum and get a FREE box of 5 facemasks! Limited time only. Click here to shop now.
Let this beautiful spa scented candle fill up the bathroom while you run a hot relaxing bubble bath. Geranium, Eucalyptus, & Peppermint with Lavender and Rose creates a calm, cocooning fragrance - the perfect addition to a pamper evening to help you relax.
7. Encourage Her To Take Some Time For Herself
Pictured: Spacemasks - Self heating eye mask
Show your appreciation of everything your mum does by encouraging her to some time out to relax...
We’ve teamed up with the brilliant Spacemasks - the perfect treat for yourself or somebody you love. These clever self-heating eye masks start to work their magic as soon as you take them out of the packet. Place on your eyes, lie back, and relax. The combination of the gentle warmth and Jasmine essence can help ease tension headaches and eye strain. The perfect way to unwind before you turn in for the night...
Our beautifully crafted Jade Facial Tool is used to perform a facial massage technique called Gua Sha. The ancient beauty therapy has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve a healthy, radiant, youthful complexion. Included you will find an easy step-by-step guide, giving you everything you need to become a Gua Sha expert. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque - the ultimate pick me up for tired, dull or dry skin.
We hope these ideas can help give you some inspiration of how to make your mum feel special this Mother's Day. We would love to see what you get up to, so make sure to tag us on on social media! @arkskincare
In need of a pick me up or feel like indulging in a little bit of self care? In this post, we focus on two of ARK Skincare’s popular Skin Perfector treatments and how their powerhouse ingredients work to provide amazing results for your skin.
We also share a selection of independent reviews from customers and brilliant quotes from the press.
If you’re looking for a product to give your skin the ultimate refresh, this is the one for you. Our luxurious facial exfoliator gently buffs away dead skin cells, dirt and grime from the surface, revealing a brighter, more luminous complexion. This triple action formula combines three types of exfoliant action - physical, fruit acid and enzymatic. It is also free from harmful plastic micro-beads which cause plastic particle water pollution. Instead, we use bamboo particles which are not only much better for the environment, but also help to strengthen skin cells and work as an anti-inflammatory.
The Bamboo micro-particles thoroughly slough through dead skin and impurities from the skin's surface, helping to clear pores and create a flawless, polished texture.
Our exfoliator contains a blend of 5 botanical extracts: Bilberry, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange and Lemon. These contain naturally occurring Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) which increase cell renewal, helping to encourage a youthful complexion by minimising fine lines and wrinkles.
Skin Regenerating Enzyme
Dissolves desmosomes (adhesive proteins that can cause dead cells to build up on your skin), to release dead skin cells, fade pigmentation and improve nutrient absorption.
This powerful antioxidant helps to protect skin against free radical and environmental damage from harmful UV rays.
How to Use:
Use once or twice a week. Apply to a dampened face and neck after cleansing.
Wet hands and massage gently into the skin using circular motions. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs.
Teens and twenties: Wash off after massaging in.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 2 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Remove with a cloth soaked in hand hot water. (Please note this product will not simply rinse off, it does need to be removed with a warm cloth.)
Press & Reviews
"Magic in a tube" - Curva Magazine
“Used this for the first time last night and was blown away by the results - my skin felt softer straight after use. My skin is generally dry but this treatment has made it feel super soft and hydrated. I Think after many years of looking, I have found my perfect exfoliator. Will be using this on a regular basis. Very pleased” - Sue I, customer
“I have a very sensitive skin but this product is not too harsh and just perfect. I use it twice a week and my skin is so much clearer and smoother.” - Lucia F, customer
“I purchased the exfoliator. This is the first product I have used from Ark. It certainly will not be the last. After just one application my skin was left feeling very soft, looked smoother in texture and glowing. Beautiful.” - Gillian T, customer
“I use this exfoliator twice a week as directed and I must say it has done wonders for my skin. It's amazing that something so gentle can slough away dead skin and debris from the skin to reveal a more polished and plump texture.” - Tash Pantz, Beauty Blogger
2020 - Winner of Best Face Mask - Beauty Shortlist Awards
If your skin is feeling dry or in need of a pick me up, our Hydration Injection Masque has got you covered. This luxury facial masque is specifically formulated to quench dry skin in moisture and restore hydration levels. Packed full of hard-working active ingredients, this masque will ensure skin looks rested and restored to health.
Vitamin A encourages collagen production and keeps skin supple, Vitamin B5 conditions, hydrates and smoothes, Vitamin C helps to brighten and reduce pigmentation, and Vitamin E protects against free radicals and offers antioxidant protection.
Drenches skin with moisture and optimises the circulation of water throughout all the layers of skin, helping to prevent future moisture loss.
Abyssinian oil, extracted from the seeds of the Brassica Abyssinica flower is packed full of omega acids, a multi-blend of vitamins and antioxidants. The oil is extremely lightweight and absorbent and provides intense hydration without leaving the skin feeling greasy.
How to Use
Use once or twice per week. Apply a thin layer of the product to cleansed skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave on for the times suggested below, depending on your skin’s age related needs.
Teens and twenties: Leave on for approximately 5 minutes.
Thirties and forties: Leave on for approximately 10 minutes.
Fifties and onwards: Leave on for approximately 20 minutes.
Use overnight for an intensive treatment.
Remove with a cloth soaked in hand-warm water. Pat dry. Follow with ARK Hydrating Beauty Mist and your Age Intelligent Moisturiser.
Press & Reviews:
The Independent tried over 40 brands and picked the ARK Hydration Injection Masque as one of the best for delivering real results. They said: "Our tester found it refined her pores and made them appear smaller, skin felt smoother and she had a soft, dewy canvas ready for make-up the next morning" - The Independent, IndyBest
"Excellent. I'm 51 & use this product in the evening & leave it on overnight which hydrates my skin perfectly, reducing my fine lines and wrinkles"- Mrs P, Customer
'I am a beauty therapist and have been using ARK products in my salon & on myself for just over a year now. I like to leave it on overnight for an extra special boost. My skin looks and feels amazing in the morning. I've got a toddler and a preschooler as well as running my own beauty business so life is pretty hectic - thankfully it doesn't show on my face!'- Kate, ARK’s Resident Therapist
“It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!” - Dalry Rose, Beauty Blogger
We think it’s safe to say that 2020 has certainly been a crazy year... Can you believe that we're in December? The Christmas countdown has now begun!
In this post we’re proud to share the ARK Skincare 2020 Gift Collection. With each of the luxurious sets we have to offer, you’re bound to find something for everyone. So, if you’re still in need of the perfect gift, we’ve got you covered - but be quick! December 25th is fast approaching!
ARK Skincare’s 2020 Christmas Collection
Our Age Intelligent Discovery Collections contain a selection of different miniature sizes; the perfect way to introduce somebody new to ARK Skincare, or an ideal set of travel sizes for those who enjoy using our products already.
Each set is beautifully wrapped in branded tissue paper and packed in one of ARK Skincare’s travel bags.
This gift includes:
- 1 Age Intelligent Cleanser 30ml
- 1 Age Intelligent Moisturiser 30ml
- 1 Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover 50ml
- 1 Hydrating Beauty Mist.
- 1 ARK Travel Bag
With a full-size Age Intelligent Cleanser & Moisturiser, this set offers all the staples you will need for a simple yet effective skincare routine.
The perfect present for everyone - all you need to know is which age range they fall into!
This gift includes:
- 1 Age Intelligent Cleanser 200ml
- 1 Age Intelligent Moisturiser 200ml
- 1 Cotton Face Cloth
- Complimentary Gift Bag
For our AgeDefend and AgeDefy ranges, we have created our Luxury Beauty Sleep collections. Who wouldn’t want the gift of a dreamy night's sleep?
This gift includes one of our luxury night treatments that contain hardworking active ingredients which help to aid the skin's natural healing process while you sleep.
We have also teamed up with the wonderful Space Masks to offer you a pack of 5 of their self-heating eye masks, infused with Jasmine to help you relax and unwind.
This gift includes:
- 1 Age Intelligent Night Treatment 55ml
- Pack of 5 Spacemasks
- Complimentary gift bag
Everything you need to become a Gua Sua Expert.
Our beautifully crafted Jade Facial Tool is used to perform a facial massage technique called Gua Sha. The ancient beauty therapy has been used for several thousand years as a natural way to achieve a healthy, radiant, youthful complexion. Included you will find an easy step-by-step guide so you’ll be a pro in no time. This set also includes our popular Hydration Injection Masque full of hyaluronic acid - the ultimate weekly treatment for thirsty skin, especially during the colder months!
This gift includes:
- Jade Facial Tool
- Hydration Injection Masque 75ml
- Step by step technique guide
- Complimentary Gift Bag
This is called our luxury collection for a reason! This gift is filled with some really generous treats for the skin. Our Triple Action Exfoliator contains bamboo microparticles and fruit acids to gently slough dead skin, helping to create a smooth, polished texture.
Hydration Injection Masque cocoons skin in moisture with a boost of hyaluronic acid and a blend of vitamins to restore vibrancy, helping to brighten complexion and restore vibrancy.
In this collection, you will also find two of our most popular Skin Perfector Serums. These are a great addition to your usual skincare routine to help tackle specific skin concerns. You can apply 1-2 drops to problem areas or simply mix in with your moisturiser and apply together.
Our Radiance Serum is full of Vitamin C and Amino Acids which help to reduce skins of ageing and improve complexion while hydrating and illuminating the skin, creating a radiant glow in an instant.
Our protective De-Stress Serum acts as a ‘second skin’. It has a blend of Rosmarinic Acid and Flavonoid Rutin from Lemon Balm that work to defend against harmful free radicals, while Vitamin E offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection. A hard working treat for skin that may need a pick me up, or protection for existing damage.
The ultimate self-care bundle, perfect for all skin types.
This gift includes:
- Radiance Serum 30ml
- De-Stress Serum 30ml
- Hydration Injection Masque 75ml
- Triple Action Exfoliator 75ml
- Complimentary Gift Bag
Our popular hero collection provides everything you need to cleanse, hydrate & protect skin; the ultimate skin care trio.
This gift Includes:
- 1 Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover 50ml
- 1 Hydrating Beauty Mist 50ml
- 1 SPF 30 Primer 30ml (full size)
Do you know somebody who is suffering from dry, cracked hands? With being so much more mindful of washing our hands this year, it can leave our skin feeling dry and irritated, especially now the colder weather is taking its toll!
This hand care gift is the ultimate overnight treatment. Simply apply a generous amount of our Nourishing Hand & Nail Cream and luxury cotton gloves before bed and allow the active ingredients to soak in and work their magic overnight. Raspberry Seed Oil & Vitamin E help to protect and moisturise the skin, while Amino Acids encourage strong, healthy nails.
Our luxury candles are a great gift for those who love a cozy evening in or a good fragrance to fill a room. There are many different fragrances to choose from such as Geranium, Eucalyptus & Peppermint, Vanilla, Sandalwood & Amber and Rose, Geranium & Violet.
If you’re looking for something more festive, you must take a look at our Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Clove candle - it’s Christmas in a jar! This popular scent also comes in a Luxury Size. You can view all of our Spa Aromatic Candle range by clicking here.
If you'd like to take a look at our Christmas collection in more detail, head over to the ARK Skincare website to find out more. If you need help, or any product advice, please do get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and our customer service team will be more than happy to help.
This week is especially important for taking a look at your marketing emails because Black Friday is fast approaching!
During the whole of Cyber Week, ARK Skincare are offering some unbelievably generous deals with up to 30% discount off almost all of our products. If you’ve been waiting to stock up on your favourites or are in need of a Christmas present for somebody special, now is the time to take advantage!
In this post, we ask our head office team members to share their top picks and what they will be purchasing on Black Friday. So, if you’re stuck for ideas on what to treat yourself to or buy as a gift for somebody else, hopefully we can help.
Q: Which products will you be stocking up on during ARK Skincare’s Black Friday Sale?
Do you have a favourite product you could recommend to somebody who might be yet to try ARK? Or perhaps suggest a specific gift set from this year's collection that you think would make a great gift for somebody?
“I’ve seen amazing results from using our new Age Defy Repairing Night Treatment this year. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone aged 50 or over. My skin is calmer, and clearer, and looks brighter in the mornings. I really do think it helps to keep my Rosacea under control.
I was thrilled when the lovely Harriet at Spacemasks agreed to partner with us to create a sleep set, and our Age Defy Beauty Sleep Collection is my top gift recommendation for this year. Who doesn’t want the gift of sleep?! It is perfect for anyone over 50 – you don’t need to worry about skin types or concerns. If you have someone to gift to who is under 50 look at the Defend Beauty Sleep Collection which is ideal for those in their 30s or 40s. But be quick – I think these sets will run out!” - Tamsin, CEO
“This Black Friday I'll be stocking up on the Triple Action Exfoliator and the Hydration Injection Masque - these are my ride or die products! I use them once or twice a week and they always deliver a noticeable skin pick-me up, leaving me with a plumper, more radiant complexion. I also use these products once a week on my hands for a really indulgent home manicure. The exfoliator is great for smoothing rough cuticles, and the masque has saved my dry hands!” - Katie, Director
“Since starting with ARK earlier this year, I have learnt so much about the importance of a proper cleansing routine. Before, I was definitely guilty of using an excessive amount of wipes or cotton pads to remove make-up but ever since using ARK’s Pre-Cleanse & Make-Up Remover, I’ve found it so much easier. By simply massaging the oil into dry skin and rinsing with water, it melts make-up away so easily and saves me so much time.
I also adore our Hydrating Serum which always feels like such a treat for my skin. I find it really reassuring to know I'm using products which contain high-quality natural ingredients that I know will benefit my skin long-term. I’ve not used anything else since and would definitely recommend taking a look!” - Lucy, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator
“I am new to the ARK team and have loved trying my Age Intelligent range, I definitely underestimated the benefits from a regular skincare routine. In the short time I have used the AgeDefend range, I have noticed my skin feels softer and looks brighter.
This Black Friday I am really looking forward to treating myself and trying our De-Stress serum. I often experience flare-ups where my skin can be red, sore, and extra sensitive around my T-zone, and think this will really help“ - Rosie, Office & Sales Administrator
“I’ve been using ARK both on my clients and myself for just over 4 years. It’s hard for me to pick a favourite as I love so many of them! But my absolute must have is the Radiance serum, I would literally bathe in it if I could!
It really does do as the name suggests, my skin looks instantly brighter, it soothes, hydrates and has definitely made my hyperpigmentation less visible. This is my go to product to brighten & illuminate my skin." - Kate, ARK’s Resident Therapist
To find out more about our Black Friday sale, head over to the ARK Skincare website - but be quick! The offer is limited while stocks last and we'd hate for you to miss out!
Should you need any help or product advice before you buy, please remember you are welcome to get in touch with our customer service team by emailing email@example.com or calling the office on 0203 740 3303. We're always happy to help.
In the meantime, happy shopping!